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Kitsap reviewing county commissioner district boundaries10/13/2021

Kitsap County is required by Washington State RCW 29A.76.010 to update its county commissioner district voting districts to reflect results of the most recent decennial census. Currently, Kitsap County is reviewing the new 2020 Census data and preparing three alternatives to meet state criteria. These alternatives will be released to the public for comment in late October.

A public open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. November 3 for the public to ask questions and make general comments. Following the open house, a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. November 22, 2021. Zoom links will be provided to both events closer to the meeting dates.

The voting district update is intended to ensure commissioner districts meet specific criteria:

  • Each district shall be nearly equal in population as possible.
  • Each district shall be as compact as possible (avoiding unusual, irregular boundaries).
  • Each district shall consist of a geographically contiguous area (no islands).
  • Each district shall not be configured in a way as to disfavor any racial group or political party.
  • Each district shall consider natural boundaries and preserve existing communities as much as possible.

Washington state received 2020 census data in August and forwarded it to Kitsap County. To ensure the County Auditor can successfully carry out 2022 elections, the Board of Commissioners must approve a redistricting plan by December 31, 2021.

For more information on the county commissioner redistricting process, click here to visit the project website or contact Eric Baker, Policy Manager in the Kitsap County Commissioners Office, at ebaker@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Note: This process is completely independent of efforts to redistrict legislative and congressional boundaries in Kitsap County. For information regarding those efforts, please visit the Draw Your WA website at www.redistricting.wa.gov.


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